What is the role of ivermectin in the treatment of adult blepharitis?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: R Scott Lowery, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum antiparasitic drug used mainly to treat strongyloidiasis and onchocerciasis, although strong evidence upholds its off-label use against some arthropods. For patients with refractory blepharitis, ivermectin has been found to lessen the number of Demodex folliculorum found in the lashes.


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